Breath of Fresh Air

Sorry! Been dead as hell around here – I’m lucky I even had content a few weeks ago thanks to Ricky’s Japan pics.

Nothing new on my front – I’m pretty much done with getting all my parts. Now all that’s left is to get the kit painted and installed. I’m booked in for the End of February for that and then it’s pretty much ready to go. I’m a little bummed because the one last thing that was on my list to get was a rear diffuser to kind of even out the rear end with the Voltex wing. It’s unfortunate that our dollar has plummeted so much and so quickly that a $450 diffuser ends up costing nearly $900 when it’s finally in my hands. I’ll pass on paying double for something that’s not worth that much right now…

Anyway, I finally stopped being lazy and brought the car out this afternoon since the weather was way too awesome not to. I’ve been meaning to bring it out and install the Craft Square mirrors a little better than how I did it the first time. The rubber behind the mirrors were still showing and it just looked shitty and it made me lose sleep at night LOL.

I ended up rolling it out because all my neighbours were outside and a cold start with the new headers is loud as f*** inside the garage. It literally shakes all my pictures in the garage and rumbles the entire house. Once it idles for a bit, it quiets down significantly… I just didn’t want my neighbours hating me this early on in the year lol.

I also did it because I wanted some shots of the rear – ever since I put the wing on, I’ve never actually seen what it looked like! So I took some quick snaps while it got some fresh air…

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I think I’m going to end up taking the muffler sections off and repolishing it back to a shine and getting rid of the burn.

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Also finally got to put the Craft Square stickers on. Felt naked without them.

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Some random shots…

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I’ve fallen in love with this car all over again…

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Solar flare!

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Obnoxious wide angle. Not that the wing isn’t already huge hahaha

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Sideskirts will bring it all together nicely…

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Ciao for now! Honestly I’m not sure what else I have left – I just want to drive the hell out of it now. I’ll be back though… 🙂

Sunday Funday: Voltex Type 7 Install

Sunday Funday returns and we have one of the more exciting installs (for me, anyway) this weekend. We got around to finally installing the Voltex Type 7 Swan Neck GT wing today and it took us a about 2.5 hours to get it done from start to finish, taking our time to ensure we got it all right. When you’re drilling holes in your trunk, you don’t wanna be rushing through and having more holes than you really need 🙂

Anyway, I’ll just hop right into it… There are a bunch of install pics this time because Punit took charge of the camera most of the time and actually got some decent shots (lol) so for the first time in a while, I’m not the one taking pics and you’ll see me make an appearance. (I actually do things when I’m not holding the camera too).

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Gopesh came by first and we decided to get a start on things while waiting for JC and Punit. The first step was basically unhooking the one wire and then cutting out the two metal reinforcements in the trunk. Not to worry – Voltex provides a clamshell-type backing that creates an almost better reinforcement.

In this shot above, you’ll see that we already cut one side off while Gopesh taped off the other side to try and protect the paint just in case the angle grinder skipped.

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Another shot.

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And here we go. I know, I know – you’re asking “where’s his face protection!?” – well I didn’t have any… But we all walked away good today. 🙂

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So instead, Gopesh suggested I wear my sunglasses just in case LOL.

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Here’s the first piece out of the way.

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Gopesh taping up the next side…

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And we were off!

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Mocking up the clamshell piece that Voltex provided. Fits like a glove!

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By this point, Punit was on a rampage with the camera. No pictures please!

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A somewhat aerial view.

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Taking the wing apart to get the bases off.

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It takes three to unscrew a few bolts it seems.

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Another shot of the two reinforcement pieces out of the way.

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The wing sans bases.

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Here me and JC are drilling the holes through the trunk for the bases. We used the clamshell to guide us for the holes.

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Some artsy photos I guess

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Don’t mind Diana’s dirty car…

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The 6 holes are drilled! And we were ready to move on…

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Here we prep the bases to get mounted onto the trunk.

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One side on… On to the next one!

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Told Punit to do some work while I take some pictures. lol

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Wing on top of Diana’s car lol

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Guiding the bolts through the clamshell.

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Tightening up

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Here JC was tightening up the nuts on each of the bolt ends.

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Not sure what was going on here lol

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Anyway, once the bases were on, we drilled new holes for the rivets.

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Getting the rivets on. Gopesh distracted by what appears to be ass.

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Bases good to go!

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Rivets in. Two not in when this photo was taken. The good thing about this clamshell is that it’s fairly thick and sturdy – it almost provides more of a reinforcement for the trunk than the two metal pieces we cut out.

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Assembling the wing one piece at a time. First the stands to the wing…

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After that was done, I had to get in my Asian lean back pose to ensure the Voltex sticker was on straight.

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Good to go!

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Trying to get the other side… A little more difficult since the car was basically pinned up right next to the wall.

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And voila! Good to go. Again, some shots were with my wide angle and so it’s ‘slightly’ bigger than it really is, but I tried to get a bit further to give a better sense of its size.

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Love it.

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Took the covers off for a full on shot just to get a better sense of what it would look like. The front of the car obviously isn’t as aggressive enough now, but it will be soon…

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One more from the rear quarter.

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And again some detail shots.

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The icing on the cake!

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And one last one again!

More Wing Porn!!!

I decided to take a few more detailed shots of the wing with my 50mm rather than my wide angle to get a better perspective on how the wing actually looks. I kid you not, the wide angle literally makes the wing look almost double its size. Not to take away from the fact that the wing is actually pretty damn big already, but the last thing I want is a skewed visual of the wing lol.

Anyway, I brought it back out to mock it up and admire one more time last night… I think I want to try and install it this weekend if I have the time. Anyway, more wing porn for all ya’ll.

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Wing sans sticker. I’m saving that for the “cherry on top” moment when the wing is installed.

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A side profile shot. You can kind of see here that I need something for the bumper to even out the aggressiveness. I think the kit will even out the front nicely, but I’ll something for the rear soon…

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The swan neck mounts

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Up close…

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Here I tried to get a shot of how wide the wing is. It’s actually perfectly lined up with the edges of the rear quarter. Nice.

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Shot from the front to see some of the front profile.

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A cool shot of what is to be (the rendering in the top left) and what is coming together…

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And lastly, a few shots of the top of the wing and the weave… Not a strand out of place. Love the quality.

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My favourite shot… iPhone wallpaper lol.

The Beginnings of The Black Swan

That’s what I thought of as I was running down the stairs to open the door for the DHL delivery guy… “Black Swan”. I think it will be a fitting nick name for the car once everything is pieced together and makes it debut next year. All my cars before this had a nick name – Snow White the STI, Regina George the LS, and now it only makes sense for my FRS to be the Black Swan… Has a cool ring to it.

Anyway, after 4 somewhat long months, the Voltex Type 7 Swan Neck had arrived at my doorstep. I say “somewhat” only because it didn’t seem as long as I was expecting it to. I ordered it at the beginning of August, and within a few months, my car was parked and since I’ve parked it, I never really looked at it or paid much attention to it. Partly because work has been keeping me busy and frankly, there’s nothing special to look at yet.

The order shipped Monday morning from Osaka as you can see from my previous post, and it arrived in my hands Tuesday afternoon. I left work early just so I could catch the delivery guy and he was right on time. In fact, I opened the door for him before he could even reach the steps – that’s how anxious I was to get the package. I think of all the stuff I have coming, this is the most anticipated for me. In fact, if you know me or have been following my blog long enough, you know I’d put a GT wing on anything within reason. The FRS is no exception – and what better wing to put on it than Voltex’s new Swan Neck that debuted at TAS a few years ago. It’s starting to catch some air in terms of popularity in North America now and the reception that it gets varies – some love the look and some hate it – I haven’t found anyone in between.

I’ve always built my car with looks in mind first – I don’t care, I’m a ricer and I always have been. Because my intention with this car is long-term, I want to touch every area of the car slowly and build it with quality parts and time. The engine will receive love soon enough, but I didn’t want to touch a brand new engine with less than 20,000KM on it just yet… Instead, I’ll enjoy the goodness that Toyota/Subaru had intended until I feel it’s time for a change. But I digress, let’s just get onto some pics…

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This was what happened as soon as I signed the delivery notice. I totally forgot to take pics but you can see it didn’t get too far from the front door before it got molested. I cut my finger in the process but didn’t care!

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I then moved over to the living room cause I didn’t want to damage anything or else Diana would be pretty quick to do something bad to my beloved new carbon piece…

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The wing in all its glory…

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Here are the swan neck stands and FRS-specific mounts.

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And a little different from other GT mounting applications is a plastic/fiberglass undermount that rivets into the trunk from underneath to provide a secure and even mount from the inside.

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The Swan Neck stands. 245mm in height. I decided not to do 275 like Alan’s (the one I test fit in the summer) cause it was a bit too high.

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And the beautiful carbon weave. It doesn’t get any better than that…

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And of course the Japanese instructions and stickers. Don’t care what it says, it’s just JDM as hell.

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I was way too excited so I started piecing it all together. Diana got home and wasn’t as impressed with the wing as I was as you can tell…

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All pieced together! Looks sick

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Again, I used my wide angle – which I probably shouldn’t have since it makes the wing look even more massive than it already is. Here you can see the air foil at 355mm wide. That’s huge for those that can’t picture it.

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The stands from the quarter

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The standard Type D endplates that I chose were the most suitable for the swan neck since they are the largest endplate. I had the option of A, B, or C, but it wouldn’t be a traditional swan neck style without type D. 🙂

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And one last shot that still doesn’t really portray the height, size, or look very well… Again, because of the wide angle. Diana was rushing me to go out because we had to get stuff for dinner, so you can blame her.

I’ll likely be installing it within the next couple of weeks and I’ll have better pics then. All I can say is that I’m STOKED.